Kaasstengels (Dutch Cheese Stems)
Posted for ZWT6. Great way to use up puff pastry! Very basic, but can be jazzed up. See end of instructions for ideas. Note: Amounts of ingredients and therefore servings will vary depending on how much puff pastry you have, so entered 4 for Zaar purposes.
- Ready In:
- premade puff pastry
- 1 egg, beaten
- aged gouda cheese or parmigiano-reggiano cheese, grated
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- Take the puff pastry out of the freezer and allow to thaw for 10 minutes.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Brush the pastry with beaten egg.
- Scatter the grated cheese over the pastry and season with salt and pepper.
- Cut into strips of approximately 1/2"-3/4" by about 6". Now twist the ends of the pastry strips in opposite directions to create a spiral effect.
- Place on the cookie sheet, leaving 1/4" between them
- Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Variation ideas:.
- Add your favorite herbs, such as freshly chopped thyme or rosemary.
- Try adding dried chili-, onion- or garlic flakes for some more punch.
- Add texture and flavor with sesame-, poppy-, caraway or cumin seeds.
- Made a sweet treat, with sugar & cinnamon or chocolate sprinkles (leaving out the cheese and salt & pepper).
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I made this quick and easy treat for my dh; because there are just two of us at home, I used 1/2 of 1 sheet and got a yeild of 8 straws. They were perfect, golden, puffy and full of flavor. I used coarse sea salt, fresh ground black pepper and parmigana reggano...so good. Thank you for sharing your recipe, which we will enjoy again.
I, like another reviewer, used 1/2 of a package of pre-made puff pastry. My portion was 9 X 9, so my 'stems' were 9 inches; I did slice in 3/4 inch slices, and my yield was 13. I sprinkled with grated parmigiano-reggiano, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. They baked for 18 minutes, and were done and lovely! They would be awesome as nibbles, with cocktails! Thanks for sharing, The Wallaces!